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The wellness journey - Active Aging Week: October 4-10

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” —Isaiah 40:31

Active Aging WeekCelebrating aging and the benefits of active living at any age, Active Aging Week showcases the capabilities of older adults and promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The vision of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS): “To provide more choices and opportunities for more older adults to live well,” shapes Active Aging Week with opportunities for you to discover how you can continue living well.

We invite you to join us on a week-long adventure when we will engage in purpose and grow in life discovery.

The 7 dimensions of wellness

A well-regarded definition of wellness states that in order to lead a vital, fulfilling, well-rounded and balanced life, certain lifestyle dimensions need to be met. PHS promotes 7 dimensions of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, emotional, vocational, environmental and spiritual. When one or more dimensions are missing or fall short, the imbalance can disrupt one’s life.

We will focus on a different dimension of wellness each day of Active Aging Week. Helpful resources, including daily spiritual reflections are available online here.
Here’s the itinerary for this wellness journey.  
Wellness Journey map with Presbyterian Homes & Services

PHS wellness experts team up to share FREE online resources

Kelsey Langness, PHS Fitness Services Director, coordinated the effort across PHS to develop and gather wellness resources online that anyone can benefit from: residents, staff, families and congregations, including the general public.

Kelsey articulates the team’s guiding question for Active Aging Week: “How do we bring together all these teams of experts and really show how each of the 7 dimensions of wellness is represented within PHS — in one week?”

“So, for example, on Physical Wellness Day,” Kelsey continues, “you might think of fitness. But also, there’s the nutrition component of physical wellness. So, the Nutrition & Culinary Team developed recipe cards as a resource.” Recipes for a Creamy Strawberry Smoothie or Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls might just spark the inspiration of a resident who wishes to pair their fitness routine with scrumptious, healthy snacks.

Regarding Emotional Wellness Day, Kelsey adds, “We really wanted to think through, ‘What is emotional wellness?’ It’s more than just mental health. It’s about reflecting and asking, ‘What am I really thankful for?’ So, we developed a Gratitude Workbook that can be used individually or in small groups.”

These and so many more wellness resources can be found on the PHS Life Enrichment Virtual Library website. We can’t wait to take this journey with you!

“We Will” is a series that spotlights inspiring examples of teamwork at PHS. With God’s blessing, We Will work together to build a better, brighter future for the older adults we serve. Learn more about how you can join our team!

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